With the good guys pitted in front of Devimon at long last, it sure feels like this is going to be another consequential fight. Doubly so as the situation in the network reaches a critical mass. Both of these get resolved, one directly feeding into the other the way we like when two camps are fighting separate battles at once. But look at where we’re left in the end. With his revival into a third stronger form… the episode ends with the good guys pitted against Devimon all over again. We just got DBZ’d here. When you break down the impact of all the collective actions… nothing of consequence happened today.
When you have episodes like these, you then fall back to the way it occupies the time. You don’t have to be meaningful to be entertaining, after all. But it does have to continue the show’s love for generally competent action and using attacks creatively. Neither show up in the first half, an endless cycle of Devimon hitting MetalGreymon and WereGarurumon with Death Claw, shots of them being down for the count, followed by shots where they’re back up and healthy. It’s supposed to hype up Devimon’s power, and the dark crystal and miasma fueling it. Thing is, when you have an attack called “Death Claw” and then show it repeatedly failing to deliver either death or even the slightest bit of sustained damage, it undermines the effort.
We haven’t written much about the situation in the network. This episode proves why: there wasn’t anything to talk about. The Digimon being separated from their partners proved to be a flop as the kids could evolve them just as effectively through Koshiro’s laptop. It proves to be little more than a conduit between the tanker crisis and Devimon. Take those away and it’s a standard battle against an enemy we remember as only existing to make Izumi Orimoto look competent for an episode. The kids have nothing to do but watch with concern as the Digimon get wrapped up by tentacles and pretend all hope is lost.
With their job done, NeoDevimon isn’t a challenge at all. This fight is better, with WereGarurumon showing off his wings again and teeing up MetalGreymon for a one-hit kill. This would have been a shocking and powerful resolution had it ended there. But no, DarkKnightmon isn’t having that, reviving Devimon once again and making all of this entirely moot. Thus we will rinse and repeat next time. The episode has a few interesting takeaways on the periphery, mostly related to Devimon, but until the show starts capitalizing on these potential developments, we’re left waiting and wanting.
My Grade: C
- Takeru is apparently so good at hiding that from the time Yamato tells him to take cover to him jumping out to confront Devimon, he isn’t seen. Despite Devimon slashing all of the potential cover in the area.
- There’s a point in the first act (one of the many scenes of MetalGreymon and WereGarurumon taking a nap) where the orchestration sounds an awful lot like the English dub’s for the original Adventure. It’s kind of eerie.
- Takeru tells Devimon not to bully his friends. That’s how little damage Devimon was actually dealing: Takeru interprets it as bullying them rather than trying to kill them.
- Part of the fascination with what’s going on with Devimon is not just in the fact that he’s so triggered by Tokomon, but in the strange distortion in his voice as he’s freaking out.
- How sad is it that the most personality we get from any of the kids is Joe apologizing because he thought Koshiro was commenting on Ikkakumon’s failed rescue?
- Equally sad that the clear best moment of the episode is Tokomon rolling away in the wind after Devimon evolves.
- Awfully convenient that all the tankers proceeded through the narrow channel to the dock and none of them hit the edge of the harbor mere yards away.
- There’s so much built into the moment where the real world group wills their Digimon to evolve to Ultimate (you know, the power they got a while ago), while MetalGarurumon activates Sagittarius Mode (you know, the one he gained just last episode) instantly with no comment.
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